Sunday, March 08, 2009

Let's Make Poverty Less Enticing

The other day a shocking picture emerged when Michelle Obama went to a soup kitchen in Washington, DC. It wasn't a picture of her bulging biceps, which were mercifully covered, so David Brooks can rest easy and not have to worry about any more nightmares where the First Lady challenges him to arm wrestle. What was shocking was a photo of one of the homeless men she was serving taking a picture of her with his cellphone. Conservatives were outraged. At a time when Wall Street executives are being forced to give up their private planes, limousines, bathroom renovations and multimillion dollar bonuses, the idea that a homeless man has been allowed to hold on to his cellphone while others are making sacrifices is more than we can take.

"If this unidentified meal recipient is too poor to buy his own food, how does he afford a cellphone?" wrote the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm. "And if he is homeless, where do they send the cellphone bills?" Kathryn Jean Lopez pointed out that contrary to what many people think, the poor are actually very rich, which explains a lot. Michelle Malkin castigated the homeless man for "ruining what was supposed to be a sob story photo op of the compassionate Mrs. O catering to the downtrodden" and speculated that his phone bills are probably sent to Acorn.

Although some people pointed out that he may have recently come upon bad times and that he may need a cellphone, which could be of the cheap, prepaid variety, so that prospective employers can call him back, or that he may have been a worker at the shelter and not homeless at all, this is all just speculation. Kathy Shaidle, whose blog is aptly named Five Feet of Fury, has a more likely explanation, which she was able to extrapolate from this photo with a perspicacity that would have made the late traitor and On Photography author Susan Sontag proud. "Today's 'poor' are the rich Jesus warned you about: fat, slovenly, wasteful of their money and other people's," she wrote. "He spends all his (our) money on cellphones and, most likely, tattoos and drugs and booze and other crap, and has no money left for a home and food. And why should he bother? We pay for his shelter and food anyhow."

This is not the first time Ms. Shaidle, has taken on the menace of the poor. "The so-called poor have cars and cable tv and free medical," she wrote last year. "They live in America in the 21st century, where school is free and libraries are free and a bus ticket to a better town costs less than a bag of crack. If they're 'poor' it's because they were too lazy and stupid to a) finish high school and/or b) keep their pants on. Jesus had something to say about folks who didn't properly manage their money or other people's." Although I am not familiar with Jesus' admonitions against poor accounting practices, she has a point. Instead of waging class war against the wealthy who worked hard for their money, we should be attacking the poor. After a lot of unsuspecting investors were lured by the poor into putting their hard-earned money into credit defaults swaps and tricked into giving deadbeats subprime mortgages, which ruined our entire economy, haven't poor people done enough harm to this country?

I can't tell you how angry it makes me to think about extremely rude poor people all across this country talking very loudly on their cellphones in soup kitchens and unemployment offices, whining about all their financial problems so everyone can hear. I'm glad someone is finally speaking out about it. And while these poor people were rudely broadcasting their tales of woe to everyone within earshot, guess what they were eating? Mushroom risotto and Broccoli! Isn't gruel good enough for poor people anymore? Those poor people are eating better than I am. Is it really fair that I should have to eat the Pork Brains in Milk Gravy Mrs. Swift served up the other night to cut down on grocery bills and reduce my cholesterol intake, while these poor people are eating like kings?

And who is paying for poor people to live high on the hog while I am reduced to eating hog brains? Rich people like we might be some day if we work hard and win the lottery. Why should someone like Jim Cramer, who deserves to make more than $250,000 for all the great financial advice he has given the last few years, have to "take a pay cut for doing the same job." Shouldn't he in fact get a raise for telling people to continue plowing their money into the stock market as it was plunging downward, which probably helped slow the decline and prop it up long enough to help his friends get out without losing too much?

I think it's time we made the poor do their fair share and stop trying to soak the rich. Before we give the poor one cent more, they should be forced to prove that they have really hit rock bottom by selling everything they have, including their cellphones, flat-screen TVs, fancy clothes, cars and furniture. I know that if I became poor, the first thing I would do after putting the cat to sleep and pawning Mrs. Swift's wedding ring would be to sell my cellphone at the very least. And I certainly wouldn't expect to eat mushroom risotto. If we stopped making it so enjoyable to be poor, maybe we would have fewer lazy, greedy people who are just dying to live in poverty and leech off of the rest of us. Indeed, the reason for our economic decline may be that so many people want the benefits of being poor that they are dragging the economy down with them. We need to stop this rush to be poor before it is too late. So the First Lady should stop visiting soup kitchens and serving them gourmet food, which just encourages them. Only by making poverty less enticing can we hope to to save our economy.

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Comrade PhysioProf said...

Not only that, but did you notice the fancy-ass *hat* the dude is wearing? That profligate hat has extra material bunched up luxuriously over his head. Dude needs to tighten his belt (and hat) like the rest of us and trade in that fancy-ass hat for a suitable poor-ass hat that only has just enough material to hug his head.

ZenYenta said...

I have to admit that I was an apologist for this robber-baron poor person, but after reading what you have to say, Mr. Swift, I may have to reconsider my point.

In our county, if a person who is homeless but is not receiving public assistance they even get a chance to enjoy the fresh air, as they are often invited to remain out of doors for several hours between the time that social services offices close - around 4:30 pm and the time when you can get shelter through the emergency after hours number - around 10:30 pm. If there's an opening that night. Next morning - out you go. And you get to pay for it as well. With perks like that, who'd want to work?

Roxie Smith Lindemann said...

You are so right, Jon. "Let them eat risotto" is definitely not change I can believe in. I mean, really, did anyone ever prove that ketchup is NOT a vegetable? And was there any Jello on those plates Mme O was handing out? Blur the lines between risotto and rice with cheddar cheese casserole, and it's hard to imagine what the poor will demand next -- JOBS???

Mo MoDo said...

If Michelle Obama would just donate her sleeveless dresses to the poor, more bag ladies could look like tarted-up female wrestlers.

I am worried that Brooks named Michelle's biceps Thunder and Lightning. He is spending a little more time thinking about her work-our routine than is healthy.

Tengrain said...

I would suggest that we eat the poor, Mr. Swift, but it is clear to me that they are not well-marbled enough to be a really satisfying meal.

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Anonymous said...

let them eat cellphones

Rightwingsnarkle said...

That 5 Feet of Crazy Lady is a real piece of work.

Just remember - Karma's a bitch, baby.

Anonymous said...

Damned straight he should have to sell his phone. If he has a phone that people can reach him at he might get a job and then I'd have to work next to him.
And you're right. We're not punishing poor people enough. That why, at the business which I own, we refuse to hire anyone who is unemployed. If they can't get a job working for someone else, they're not good enough for me.
I have spent time in Afghanistan, with the military, and I belive the Taliban have it right. They are conservative and deeply religious like us, and like us they have no social safety network. Poor people there do genuinely have nothing and that's the way it should be. That way they're twice as willing to strap a bomb to their chest. If we took that slovenly, cell-phone holding criminal and asked him to carry out a suicide bombing of those commies up in Canada, I am sure he would refuse.
Poor people are meant to be cannon fodder for the military, and nothing more. Shame on them.

zencomix said...

Nominate The Soup Nazi for Soup Kitchen Czar. He'd straighten those poor people out.

Utah Savage said...

Clearly we should eat the poor. I am officially poor. I live in my garage so I can rent my house so I can pay property taxes and insurance. I'm disabled and not quite yet 65 but soak the rich by using medicare as my health insurance. Medical bills did force me into bankruptcy which left me with a home and a twenty year old car. And you dear rich ones are paying for my mistakes. You make very little from my continued life. So I'm done. Stick a fork in me. I get very little exercise so I'm probably like well aged veal. I have tender thighs and ample breasts so I've been told and my rump gives me no pleasure. Have at me. But can I sell my organs first?

Brother Tim said...

Don't talk too much about eating brains, the rich may try them and like them. Prices would then skyrocket out of range for us poor.

Robert said...

Man your old dumb asses he is a drug Barron, he is black and he is well off, must be drugs.

I'm disabled have no legs and get lots of money from the government, oh yes I do all £123 a week man I'm rich, I use to get £670 a week but hell I had to work doing that man.

The fact is we are all happy to enjoy a joke the problem is many people believe shit like this.

Micgar said...

Tengrain-maybe we should eat the rich instead, although the consumption of such may cause serious disease.

Pamela D. Hart said...

I’ve always believed that anyone physically capable who is on welfare should have to do community work, i.e. street cleaning, litter pick up, remove graffiti, etc., to receive their checks and food stamps. But at the very least they should have to report to a room and sit there 8 hours a day 5 days a week. Getting money for nothing is just plain robbery.

Kathy said...

Pamela Hart: Splendid Idea! In fact, they should be forced to trade in bags of trash or aluminum cans or bottles for each entrée.

In fact, why not build a "workhouse" for the poor to work in?

gocart mozart said...

". . . it's because they were too lazy and stupid to a) finish high school and/or b) keep their pants on."

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Joyful Alternative said...

GoKart, you've said it all. At least she isn't in the soupline, yet.

Anonymous said...

I know when I was poor, having been born into poverty of course, I found it so hard to give it up. I mean where else can I be looked upon as a leech to society by those not born into poverty. I also miss that wonderful growling feeling you get when you are really hungry and the clothes from good will and the houses without heat. Just so hard to give these things up. Thanks so much for pointing out how good I had it.

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Jonathon Narvey said...

My favorite line: "Kathryn Jean Lopez pointed out that contrary to what many people think, the poor are actually very rich, which explains a lot".

Actually, cell phones make perfect sense for homeless people who don't quite have enough income or stability to find shelter but do want to remain connected with their support network and potential employers (without which, they will never be able to emerge from desperate poverty).

Would these same critics suggest we should stop providing aid to Africa because poor but enterprising East African fishermen have begun using cell phones to help enable their business and actually make a profit?

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People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON'T like evil and refuse to grant this feedback.
EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their reincarnation as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations.
Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor.

Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of morbid disfavor once you understand that females are the God's favored gender. Muhammad's (Mohammed's) polygamy halfway through his life as a prophet was preditory. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believes in male superiority and that the abuse of women is God's will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in the recent past.
Black member size is temptation to a predisposed population.
The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men.

Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings.
The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they experienced higher numbers of children accend into heaven because they were taught to think and behave appropriately. Our preditory envionment of "freedom" was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad.

Even the Old Testiment is not to be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.
There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women's attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind.
The masculinization of women experienced in the last few decades should cause despondancy and desperation:::It illustrates the deterioration of mankind's collective favor and is a clue the Gods are preparing for some event.

Think about what I say. Consider what I teach. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor.
I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God's way to grant some time before they end on Planet Earth.
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Pray daily. Think appropriately. Too many are confident, unaware of the God's awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning.
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denparser said...

still others suffer poverty... how the world is going to be like this..

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Haha, that's so funny. How could they eat that hard thing. Maybe they would save it rather. :-)

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Very well said, Sir. I do believe this poverty will be covered up when the budget of the economy will not be grafted nor corrupted by the government officials. And give job to those jobless people.

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Mark @ Israel said...

Making poverty less enticing is a noble idea. It must be the role of the government to alleviate poverty and assist them to make a difference in the lives of people who are in dire need of assistance in the form of subsidy. However, giving subsidies is not the solution to the problem. They should be taught how to fish rather than just to give them fresh fish to cook. I doubt it if Obamacare can be a means to alleviate poverty. It's a great job that Mrs. O. has shown to the people. But pictures deceive, stories can be unreliable! Is he REALLY A POOR, HOMELESS MAN???

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